The development of a new adolescent alcohol and other drug abuse screening scale is summarized. The Personal Experience Screening Questionnaire(PESQ) is intended to meet the need for a quick, psychometrically adequate adolescent screening tool to measure the need for a comprehensive assessment. The development of the questionnaire's problem severity scale and evidence related to its reliability (internal consistency) and validity are described.
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The author wishes to thank Jayne Fulkerson, George Henly, George Huba, Randy Stinchfield, and anonymous reviewers for assisting in the preparation of the manuscript. The work was funded by grants from the Northwest Area Foundation and the Walker Foundation. Requests for reprints should be sent to Ken C. Winters, Director, Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Box 721 - UMHC, Harvard Street at East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455.